Skipped classes to save classes

Miguel Castaneda

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The Student walk-out and march held on March 31st was the result of direct attacks on the working class, and students.

We skipped one day of class in an effort to save 500 classes next semester, you do the math. It is clear to us that that organizing, protesting, marching and rallying are all tactics that the working class have used in the past from; farmer workers walking off the field to Chicano/a students protesting racial segregation; so maybe we are not the ones that need to open a textbook.

In your article you assume that education only occurs in the classroom and you are sadly mistaken. Your idea of a sit-in at the LRC is great, yet you ignore the fact most of us must work in order to receive the shred of education still available for us.

It is true that students receive financial aid, but while tuition prices rise, our financial aid is cut as well and we are left to juggle our work and school schedule, and fighting over an already limited amount of classes.

Bottom line is that we do not do this for fun, nor do we use it skip class. We do it because we have to, because someone needs to remind the people sitting atop of their highchair (politician, governors, ect.) of who makes their money and to show them when what happens people realize the power that they have.

It was also an attempt to remind them that their job is to represent the needs of the people. We do not need a Third war in Libya, nor do we want the Bush Tax-cut extensions. We need more classes; we want an education, for us and others to come after us. –

Miguel A. Castaneda Socialist Club Education for All

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